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Morjas shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by colHolm, Dec 23, 2018.

  1. colHolm

    colHolm Distinguished Member

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    I'm a bit surprised there isn't a thread for these guys yet. I've a pair of their mid brown suede cap toes that I'm pretty happy with. Here are my initial thoughts plus after 7 or 8 wears.

    Shipping and packaging

    Morjas packed the shoes with a good amount of tissue paper to prevent them being too jostled en route. Each of the shoes were in a bag to keep the suede fresh. I enjoyed the warm musk of fresh leather product and the cedar trees upon opening. A note from Henrik (the owner) was also inside, asking me to say hi to Canada! I actually laughed out loud.

    Quality and construction

    I was impressed with the suede immediately upon handling the shoes. It has a very close nap, but is also quite soft. The colour is fantastic. The stitching around the shoe is neat, and well executed. You can see that it is quite close to the edge of the cap toe, for example. An otherwise flat and simple sole has a stamped logo and size info on the bottom. Following the welt around the shoe, it has been trimmed quite close to the upper and finished nicely. The sole is open channel, so doesn’t have the super clean look of a closed channel – but it’s the bottom of the shoe. How often are you looking at the bottom of the shoes? After a half dozen wears the soles are holding up well, though they’re a little worn on a few of the edges – some chipping and scuffing – which is my only disappointment. Fortunately, this is easily remedied with edge dressing. The suede is developing a couple little rub marks where the shoe flexes, but at this point it's nothing that can't be brushed out.

    Sizing

    For these Morjas shoes, Henrik advised size 9.5 UK, which is a half size up from what I would usually wear (10 US/9 UK). I’m glad he did, as they fit quite well. The instep is just right – not overly high or low, but I do have a bit of room across the vamp between the throat and the cap toe. Not a knock against the shoe at all, simply an observation. I think sizing down any more would have resulted in undesired tightness elsewhere.

    Design and styling

    This oxford is on their 003 last, which they describe as medium width, rounded toe. An almond toe is my preferred toe shape at this point, and I’d say this shape is an interesting blend of the two. I wouldn’t define these as a round-toe, but they don’t have the asymmetrical, slightly pointed look of a almond shape either. However you might define the shape, it’s a nice one. I like the clean transition from the toe to tapered waist. It isn’t overt, but adds style to the overall look of the shoe.

    Conclusion

    So far, I am really happy with this pair. I’m especially enjoying figuring out new combinations with a lighter coloured shoe. My collection is mostly made up of darker browns that require less thought. I’ve had success pairing with both light and dark trousers (well, I think I’ve been successful). In the gallery for this Morjas review, I wanted to include some examples. You can see pairings with my charcoal and light brown flannel trousers, and in my opinion, the colour of the shoes looks awesome. Definitely a good contender in the entry level, good quality gyw range.

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  2. gbandi

    gbandi Senior Member

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    I am looking to buy the tassel loafers. Can anyone comment on sizing, quality and durability. My main concern is the high shipping cost and return cost of the fit is not good
     

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    theh00d Senior Member

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    I am also interested in the tassel loafer - brown suede. (first pair of loafer)

    Was looking at allen edmonds and alden prior, but want to brand out from those two...
     

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    pickergc Senior Member

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    maybe @Burzan can provide some insight to the dark brown tassel loafers. I too am interested in the loafers, though from photos I've seen I fear the last is a bit too round for what I'm looking for. However, @Burzan 's burgundy wingtips are beautiful.
     

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    Would also love to hear people’s experiences with the loafers (tassel/penny), especially regarding sizing in comparison to Alden or other makers.
     

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